Western Province contract for Daniel Smith

Daniel SmithFile image: Daniel Smith.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Daniel Smith has been promoted from the Western Province Academy to Western Province with immediate effect.

Smith has effectively replaced batsman David Bedingham on the contract list. Bedingham has returned to the United Kingdom to play for Durham.

WP have terminated my contract, but it ended on very good terms, with no drama. I can’t thank the coaching staff and CEO enough for the season, I really enjoyed it,” said Bedingham.

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What Smith said

The 19-year-old Smith has been capped three times at first-class level by Western Province – and kept wicket in the absence of Proteas star Kyle Verreynne.

Smith has also enjoyed success with Claremont Cricket Club in Western Province Cricket Association premier league cricket and the District Sixers in the Cape Premier League.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that WP have given me. It has always been a childhood dream of mine to represent such a special union,” said Smith.

“I am looking forward to growing my game and learning from the management staff and the players. It is an exciting time, and I am really looking forward to the rest of the season and to see what we as a group can achieve.”

What WP coach Salieg Nackerdien said

Nackerdien added: “With Kyle away with the national team, it provides a huge opportunity for Daniel to take the step up from our Academy to the professional set-up.

David has been a fantastic player for Western Province this season, but we always knew that he would be returning to Durham and we wish him everything of the best for their season ahead. He will always be welcomed back to WP whenever possible.”

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